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Undersheriff placed on paid leave

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ALPENA —An internal investigation at the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office has led to the county’s undersheriff being placed on paid administrative leave, pending the results of the ongoing investigation. It remained unclear Friday what led to the suspension. The sheriff and other county ...

Police, prosecutors approach sex crimes in new way

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ALPENA—You are strong. You are a fighter. You are in control. Sexual assault challenges those definitions we have of ourselves and of our communities, experts say. April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, set aside to remind communities, even safe ones, that anyone, ...

1 hospitalized after crash

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg One person was taken to the hospital after a a two-vehicle crash on U.S.-23 North near Bloom Road Friday afternoon. Lt. Tom Tolen of the Alpena Township Fire Department said a sports-utility vehicle rear-ended a stopped pickup truck, resulting in heavy ...

Alcona upgrades school bus radios

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LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools recently received a grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase a new transportation radio system that has improved communication for bus drivers on their routes. The total cost for the new system was almost $43,000, with $27,000 ...

Seniors learn how to make a safety difference

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Alpena County Emergency Services Coordinator Burt Francisco leads a safety presentation Wednesday at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center. As part of Making A Safety Difference Day, Francisco shared information about the Smart911 service that provides personalized ...

BIZ BRIEFS

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Agency helps 229 find work The Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium released the following statistics for March: ∫ 2,148 total visitors to NEMC offices ∫ 229 job seekers who have found employment with NEMC’s help ∫ 45 new employers worked with ∫ 111 total job postings NEMC ...

Skaluba trial to begin May 13

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ALPENA — An Alpena man accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a pair of women will be headed to trial next month and jury selection will begin on the same morning the trial is expected to commence. Although it was discussed in court Thursday, it is not expected the jury will need ...

Undersheriff placed on paid leave

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ALPENA —An internal investigation at the Alpena County Sheriff's Office has led to the county's undersheriff being placed on paid administrative leave, pending the results of the ongoing investigation. It remained unclear this afternoon what led to the suspension. The sheriff and other ...

Watch out, forest fires

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ALPENA — A U.S. Forest Service firefighting brigade is beginning to set up shop at the Alpena County Regional Airport and several of the aircraft have already arrived. While in Alpena for the next 90 days, the helicopters’ crews will monitor local forests for fires and help extinguish ...

Spring snow

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News Photo by Julie Riddle A worker shovels the sidewalk at Alpena City Hall Wednesday afternoon as Apena dug out from an early spring snowfall.

Sheriff, former commissioner spar in PI

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ROGERS CITY — A former Presque Isle County commissioner on Thursday told the county board that the county sheriff has “contacted legal support” and will be taking action against him. Former commissioner Wayne Vermilya provided to The News a letter that appears to be from the Presque ...

A lesson in the future

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ALPENA — A Police Operations class in Alpena Community College’s Criminal Justice program was treated to a drone demonstration Wednesday, illustrating the ways drones can be used in law enforcement. ACC instructor David Cummins operated the drone, a white, lightweight device that looks ...

Success at the rodeo

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Courtesy Photo This photo provided by Alpena Community College shows, from left to right, ACC student Hunter Miller, Utility Tech instructor Mark Swanson, student Shane Peterson, student Daniel Ayling, student Joshua Gildner, and Utility Tech instructor Roy Smith, celebrating the team winning ...

PI County seeks proposals for airport purchase

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners decided it no longer wants the Leo E. Goetz Airport in Onaway appraised but will instead accept requests for proposals from individuals willing to buy the property. Commissioners had agreed at its March 29 meeting to solicit ...

ICYMI: The News’ entire ‘This Is Us’ series

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ALPENA — The News on Wednesday published its final installments in its "This Is Us" series, an in-depth look at Alpena's economic future. In case you missed any of the stories, you can read them here by clicking on the links below: SATURDAY 'Alpena on the verge: As city changes, leaders ...

‘We will get there’

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ALPENA — Since the 1980s, there has been a lot economic development success in the Alpena region, and much of that has been spurred by the firm Target Alpena and those who support it, officials said this week. Target works under the umbrella of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and is ...

APS bonds draw voter interest

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ALPENA — Votes for Alpena Public Schools’ bond proposal already are beginning to roll in by the hundreds to local clerks’ offices, suggesting interest in the issue is strong leading up to the May 7 election. The school system is asking voters for permission to sell $63 million in ...

No one hurt in car fire

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Courtesy Photo Crews from the Alpena Fire Department responded to a car fire on First Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived, they found the car fully engulfed in flames in the driveway of a home. The blaze was extinguished quickly and the vehicle was determined to be ...

PI library considers tax to buy Grambau center

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ROGERS CITY — It was crowded at a public meeting on Wednesday at the Presque Isle District Library’s Rogers City location, where more than two dozen community members packed into the library’s small meeting room to learn library officials are beginning the work needed to purchase the ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of April 4 to 9 Deputies made 31 traffic stops, issuing 25 warnings and 6 citations. They conducted 52 house checks, transported 5 ...